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Ruadh's Story

Ruadh is a red labrador who visited Crown Vets Referrals when she was 8 months old, to have a laparoscopic spay.

This is a key hole procedure through 3 small incisions which removes the ovaries from a female dog. This is a good procedure for energetic or working dogs. Benefits to this procedure are:

  • Less Invasive 
  • Smaller wound 
  • Faster recovery time 
  • Lead exercise only however can return to normal amount

Ruadh sailed through her general anaesthetic and recovered comfortably. A little sleepy the first night however back to normal the following day. Her stitches were removed 10 days later with her exercise regime back to normal. Scarring is extremely minimal.

Freddie's Story

Freddie is a very lovable and excitable French Bulldog. He was referred to Crown Vet Referrals for investigation and treatment of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) in September of 2018. This is a common condition in brachycephalic (short nosed) breeds that can present with a range of different signs including tummy upsets as well as breathing difficulty. In Freddie’s case it was causing several issues including sleep apnoea, breathing difficulty, bouts of reverse sneezing, exercise intolerance and vomiting. It was clear this was having a big impact on his quality of life and needed to be addressed.

Freddie was assessed at Crown Vet Referrals and confirmed to have severely narrowed nostrils and notable respiratory noise. This was then graded using an exercise tolerance test to assess the level of severity. Under general anaesthetic his soft palate at the back of the throat was also confirmed to longer than it should be which was contributing to his signs. X-rays of the chest were taken to confirm there was no chest infections which can also be common secondary to this condition. Surgery was performed to open his nostrils and shorten his soft palate by removing some of the excess tissue.

Within a day or two Freddie had shown a huge improvement. He was no longer having sneezing episodes, sleep trouble or breathing difficulty, he was able to exercise as much as he wanted and stopped having episodes of vomiting as well.  He was re-assessed at Crown Vets Referrals 4 weeks later and re-graded using the exercise tolerance test again and found to be much less affected by BOAS than previously. He continued to do fantastically, showing none of the previous signs and now enjoying life to the full. 

Gertie's Story

Gertie is a very sweet affectionate young cat who was referred to Crown Vet Referrals in late 2018 after going missing for 24 hours and returning home with extensive wounds to the right forelimb and a suspected fracture to the left forelimb. It was not clear how she had sustained these injuries and it was therefore important to assess for any other internal injuries or concerns.

X-rays were taken of the chest which was thankfully clear of any damage. X-ray of the left forelimb identified a partial thickness (greenstick) fracture of the radius with minimal to no displacement. On manipulation the fracture was also very stable. Given the stability, incomplete nature of the fracture and age of the cat, no stabilisation of the fracture with plates or screws was required in this case. Conservative management with strict rest and pain relief was continued all that was needed to allow the fracture to heal.

The main problem faced by Gertie was the extensive skin and muscle injury to the right forelimb which would not have healed by itself and may have meant amputation would be required. Due to the initial management of the wound by the referring vets the wound was clean and healthy though and this allowed us to continue with reconstruction immediately. This was achieved by taking a flap of skin from Gerties right shoulder and moving it to the right leg to cover the wound and allow it to heal normally without any exposed tissue.

After 10 days the stitches from the skin graft were removed and Gertie was free to use this leg normally. Her rest continued for a few more weeks to allow the fracture to heal further. Her exercise was then gradually increased over the next few weeks and Gertie made a complete recovery and was back to climbing and jumping like normal.

Gaspode's story

Gaspode visited CVR for investigation of a general hindlimb mobility problem. He found it difficult to stand and rise and displayed lameness. Our diagnostic work confirmed that he had ruptured the cruciate ligaments in both his stifles simultaneously, making movement very difficult.

Cruciate ligament disease is one of the most common conditions we treat in orthopaedic practice. The condition can sometimes be caused by a genuine injury (traumatic) but more often a combination of features including age, body weight, body shape and genetics will predispose an animal to ligament damage. This will often affect both stifle (knee) joints and can occur simultaneously.

At CVR we are able to offer every solution of management of this condition. Our most commonly performed procedure is the TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement). We find that this enables animals to return to a predicable level of pre-injury activity in most instances. In Gaspode’s case we operated on both stifles at the same time.

Gaspode is now up and about and managing really well. His owners are building his fitness but it looks likely that he will soon be back to his old mischief!

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